VIP Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

very near 1370 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 (0)
$192.50 per person
  • Groups Allowed
  • Island Tour
  • Service Animals Allowed
  • Tour Guide
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Alcatraz Island from air
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What You Get
  • Early-bird ferry to Alcatraz to arrive before the crowds
  • Award-winning Alcatraz Cellhouse Audio Tour
  • One-of-a-kind guided premier city tour aboard an iconic Hornblower classic cable car
  • Tour San Francisco’s most popular historic districts, landmarks, and neighborhoods
  • Three guided walking tours (Palace of Fine Arts, The Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point, and Fort Point)
  • Lunch provided between Alcatraz tour and San Francisco tour

Exclusive VIP Experience Tour Overview

The VIP Early Access To Alcatraz and San Francisco Experience City Tour gives you the opportunity to explore San Francisco and Alcatraz in one simple tour package. Begin your day touring Alcatraz before the heavy crowds arrive and spend your afternoon aboard an authentic Hornblower classic cable car (that has been converted into a trolley) traversing through San Francisco’s most popular historic districts, landmarks, and neighborhoods. Be sure to bring a camera, there is an abundance of amazing sights to capture.

What To Expect On Your Alcatraz Tour

Once you arrive at Alcatraz Island via ferry you will have over two hours to explore and tour the island. We encourage you to use the award-winning Cellhouse Audio Tour to independently tour the cellblock and surrounding areas at your own pace. The audio tour gives you the opportunity to really learn what life was like on “The Rock” and features commentary from former inmates and guards such as Al Capone. Once you complete your audio tour enjoy the rest of your time on the island exploring before your ferry takes you back to San Francisco at 11:40 a.m.

What To Expect On your Classic Cable Car Tour of San Francisco

After you conclude your tour of Alcatraz you’ll return to the Pier 33 via ferry for your boxed-lunch. After lunch and briefly exploring Pier 33 you will be instructed to board your Hornblower trolley and will then depart Fisherman’s Wharf to begin your San Francisco Experience City Tour. Throughout your trolley tour, your professional tour guide will narrate and identify historic districts, landmarks, and neighborhoods as well as answer any questions. The tour will also feature three stops; The Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point, and Fort Point. At each stop, you can exit your trolley for a brief guided walking tour and photo opportunity.

What You’ll See On A VIP Early Acess To Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Fort Point
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Crissy Field
  • Presidio National Park
  • Victorian Homes
  • Pacific Heights
  • North Beach
  • Mrs. Doubtfire House
  • Chinatown
  • And more!
Why Our Insiders Chose This Alcatraz Tour?

Getting on one of the first ferries out to Alcatraz is the ideal way to explore the infamous prison – it is quiet out, and you arrive before the large tour groups. Plus, sightseeing around San Francisco on a converted classic cable car is a truly amazing and unique experience!  You will not find this tour anywhere else.

Tour Itinerary

8 a.m. – Check in with your tour guide in front of Pier 33, San Francisco. Look for the Alcatraz information booth, next to it you will find a lamp post and your tour guide wearing an orange jacket and holding a flag, both adorned with the Hornblower Classic Cable Cars logo. This is the check-in location.

8:05 a.m.  Your tour guide will take your lunch order, give you a quick rundown of the day’s schedule, and provide you with your Alcatraz tour tickets. You will now board your early bird ferry to Alcatraz. 

9 a.m. – Arrive at Alcatraz Island where you will have over 2 hours to explore the island and enjoy the award-winning audio tour.

11:40 a.m. – Boarding begins for the 11:55 a.m. ferry. You must be on the 11:55 a.m. ferry back to San Francisco to continue on to your San Francisco Cable Car Sightseeing Tour.

11:55 a.m. – Your Alcatraz Ferry leaves back to San Francisco.

12:15 p.m. – Disembark your ferry and meet your tour guide at the check-in location by the Alcatraz information booth. Your tour guide will provide you with your lunch and you will have 35 minutes to eat and explore Pier 33.

12:50 p.m.Meet with your tour guide at the check-in location. Your tour guide will now escort you to your Hornblower trolley.

1 p.m. – Begin your professionally guided, Premier Cable Car Sightseeing Tour of San Francisco featuring three stops; Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point, and Fort Point.

3:15 p.m. – Arrive back at Alcatraz Landing to conclude your adventure!

Thank you for riding with us and enjoy your Alcatraz tour!




Monday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 3:00pm